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Flannery's Reviews

Flannery’s life has been about books since before she could read. While she mainly reads mystery, fantasy, and young adult, Flannery also enjoys some good non-fiction and the occasional novel. The Watsonville native worked at Bookshop for years and was our Used Book Manager and mystery section leader. In real life she enjoys fuzzy cats, the wild outdoors, and cupcakes.


Have Fun, Anna Hibiscus 
by Atinuke

Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa, and she’s very happy there with her friends and family. But there’s one thing Africa can’t give her: Anna wants to see snow! This is a sweet, fun book about a charming, clever girl. If you’ve got a young reader who’s burned through Ivy & Bean, Judy Moody, or Junie B. Jones, give them the Anna Hibiscus series, and they’ll find a kindred spirit!  --Flannery

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

This book was given to me when I was dealing with my first really serious bought of depression, and it gave me a life raft. Told partly in tapes recorded by a teen girl who committed suicide and partly from the perspective of the boy listening to them, it might seem like a book about a girl who kills herself is the last thing you should give a severely depressed teen girl, but it’s ultimate message is that suicide isn’t an answer. It saved me, and it has saved others. --Flannery
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ISBN: 9781595141880
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Razorbill - June 14th, 2011

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

I think Miss Rumphius is a perfect children’s book. Based on a real woman, it tells the story of a lady who spends her youth adventuring, and her elder days scattering lupine seeds wherever she goes—making the world a more beautiful place. I love the message that something as small as scattering seeds can bring such joy to the world, and Cooney’s gorgeous illustrations bring me joy.

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ISBN: 9780140505399
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - November 6th, 1985

Wump World by Bill Peet

Honestly, almost any Bill Peet book could go on this list. Clever, funny, with silly rhyming words to rival Dr. Seuss, Bill Peet’s books are perfect for children. His colored pencil drawings are wonderful, and his stories have a flow and cadence that makes them perfect for reading out loud.  --Flannery

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ISBN: 9780395311295
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 27th, 1981

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

This is my favorite Roald Dahl book. For one, what child’s dream isn’t to be in a candy factory like that? Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is sweet and heartwarming, dark and funny. I tear up every time I read the part where Charlie finds the golden ticket. To me, this is pure literary magic.  --Flannery

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By Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780142410318
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - August 16th, 2007

Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan

This fictionalized story of real-life heroine Charley Parkhurst inspired me as a little girl. Parkhurst was a woman who, disguised as a man, became one of the most daring stagecoach drivers ever and was the first woman to legally vote. As a lover of horses and a tomboy, this book made me believe I could do anything. Plus, it boasts ink illustrations by none other than Brian Selznick.  --Molly

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By Pam Muñoz Ryan, Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780439087964
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - September 1st, 1999

Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce

This is another series that I’ve read so many times that the covers are falling off. Beginning with Alanna, it follows Alanna of Trebond, a young girl who disguises herself as her twin brother in order to become a knight. Full of friends and enemies, swordplay and sorcery, talking animals and adventures, this quartet is not only awesome in it’s own right, it launches a whole new world with other books and stories. For me, Alanna is the ultimate heroine.  --Flannery

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By Tamora Pierce, Nekro (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481416498
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - October 21st, 2014

Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Memorial Hospital became known as the hospital that euthanized patients during the flood. The truth, however, is infinitely more complicated than that, and in this brilliant, completely engrossing book, Sheri Fink tells the whole story from every angle she can. This book sucked me in, didn’t let go, and left me stunned. I cannot recommend it highly enough.  —Flannery

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ISBN: 9780307718976
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Crown - January 26th, 2016

Bob’s Burgers Cookbook by Loren Bouchard

One of my favorite bits on Bob’s Burgers is the pun-tastic Burger of the Day. A fan of puns (and burgers) it kills me every time. Clearly, I’m not alone, because Cole Boden made every Burger of the Day on his blog, and with the help of writer Lauren Bouchard, collected the best, tastiest, puniest of them all in this awesome cookbook. It’s awesome. —Flannery
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ISBN: 9780789331144
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Universe - March 22nd, 2016

Mindhunter by John Douglas

If you’ve heard of a criminal profiler, you have John Douglas to thank. He was one of the first to explore at the psyche of a killer to predict their next move and help law enforcement catch the worst killers imaginable. In this memoir, Douglas recounts the early days of profiling and talks about killers we all know of—including Santa Cruz serial killer Edmund Kemper. Warning: It’s about serial killers. It gets nasty. —Flannery

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ISBN: 9780671528904
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Pocket Books - August 1st, 1996


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